Washington museum opens exhibit featuring holy Christian site in Jerusalem's Old City

A museum in the U.S. capital recently opened an exhibit that features the Old City of Jerusalem and various Christian holy sites there, including the spot believed to be where Jesus Christ was crucified and the church protecting what was said to be his tomb.

(REUTERS / Ronen Zvulun)Visitors stand near the newly restored Edicule, the ancient structure housing the tomb, which according to Christian belief is where Jesus's body was anointed and buried, seen at the completion of months of restoration works, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City March 20, 2017.

The newly opened exhibit in Washington's National Geographic Museum takes visitors on a virtual tour around the sites believed to be where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected, Catholic News Service detailed. 

For a ticket worth $15, a person will be able to use a pair of 3D glasses to experience what may be considered as the holiest Christian sites without having to fly to Jerusalem.

"We put you in the Old City, we talk to you a little about the walls of the city, how they move over time and where the Gospels say that the Crucifixion took place, and try to give you the context," National Geographic's vice president of exhibitions, Kathryn Keane, told CNS in an interview.

In addition, it was revealed that more than three million viewers had gone to National Geographic's website to read their feature of the renovations around the holy site in October 2016. Because of the public's response to their story, Keane said they got the idea that a lot of people would be interested in the site, Crux relayed.

Visitors are given a brief glimpse into the history of the site of Jesus' tomb and a time-lapse of the development of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They will be able to see what the church looked like as far back as Roman emperor Hadrian's time, when it was still a pagan temple.

The "Tomb of Christ: The Church of Holy Sepulchre Experience" can be seen at the National Geographic Museum in Washington until August 2018. The organization is also set to debut a documentary on its cable channel on Dec. 3 about the renovation work around the tomb.